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We believe every woman deserves the perfect nude lip, and we want to help you find yours. We know picking the right shade can be tricky, so we offer customers a

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We Need to Talk About Social Media

We Need to Talk About Social Media

Social media is one of the most important innovations of our generation. It connects us in ways never before possible. It democratizes the power of celebrity and has helped us learn everything there is to know — it even taught this beauty enthusiast how to make lipstick (which turned into a pretty worthy endeavor).

The things is…it also kinda sucks.

Let me back up.

A month ago I turned 32 and decided to take a break from social media. I deleted Instagram, Twitter and Facebook from my phone, and for 3 solid weeks I let myself forget about documenting my life so I could focus on living it. Then, as inevitably happens when you give up something cold turkey, I got the itch and went crawling back. In some ways it felt like reuniting with an old friend — so many laughs (oh hey #InMyFeelings challenge), so many feel-good moments (literally everyone on the planet seems to have gotten married). And yet, it also felt a little defeating. I didn’t miss spiraling down a 30-minute long Twitter-binge, but that’s exactly what I found myself doing within a day of my return.

Worse than the time sink, though, is this ever present desire to prove that I’m living a life worth viewing. In fact, it was this very desire that sent me on my social media break in the first place. I was coming home from an amazing birthday trip that my husband had organized and thinking about which pictures I would post to Instagram, when it hit me: I don’t even want to post these photos. I love that they’re just mine, and that they represent a rare few days where I got to take a break from my ever-present stress and unwind. So why was my first instinct to post? Not only is it exhausting (I firmly believe there are far too many filters on IG) — it’s anxiety-inducing! I have to make sure I choose a pic where my stomach is sucked in and my hair is laid and my outfit is cute and my smize is perfectly smized…by the time I’m done I’ve chosen the absolute perfect — and perfectly disingenuous — depiction of my life, and that’s not how I wanted to remember that moment.

I want to be clear — social media isn’t a bad thing; I had just let it become a bad thing for me. So I’m in the process of relearning how to use it. I’m posting a lot less frequently, and when I do, I pause and ask myself why I’m doing it. Is it something I really want to share, or something I feel compelled to share for the likes/retweets/validation… Sometimes those lines are blurred, and I’m still working on creating my own rules. But I am working on it, and for now, that’s what maters.

KJ

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Spring Lip Colors for Melaninated Skin

Spring Lip Colors for Melaninated Skin

Thanks to Mented Cosmetics for sending their newest lip colors & glosses for me to test out!
Spring Lip Colors for Melaninated Skin 
You all know that I love a good lippie! I love makeup in general, my collection is massive! I’m no beauty blogger, but I love to share makeup looks & brands that every woman can pull off here, as well as makeup for moms when you’re wanting to feel fab after dealing with children all day. I was so happy when Mented Cosmetics reached out to me, because I love their concept. Mented is a makeup brand for women of color, and they focus on finding the perfect nude for melaninated skin. It doesn’t matter the background or culture, you can find the perfect shade for you. Have you ever tried nudes that look like you’ve just eaten a powdered doughnut? Well Mented makes sure this doesn’t happen to you! 
Spring Lip Colors for Melaninated Skin
All Mented Lipsticks & Glosses are Vegan, Paraben-Free, non-toxic, cruelty free, and made in the United States. So you can feel confident that you are wearing makeup that’s also healthy for you as well, and you know where it’s been sourced from. Mented has a wide variety of colors that look good on various shades of women. 
For the season they’ve released three new lipsticks and a line of lip glosses.
Spring Lip Colors for Melaninated Skin
These shades are perfect for sun kissed skin and glowing hues. 
Spring Lip Colors for Melaninated Skin
These lipsticks go on soft and velvety and they have a light pleasant smell. They aren’t drying and feel pretty good and moisturizing. 
Spring Lip Colors for Melaninated Skin
Spring Lip Colors for Melaninated Skin
These shades are rich, shiny and smooth. They look good with 1-2 coats. 
Spring Lip Colors for Melaninated Skin
I love to change up my look for the Spring, and Mented’s new lip colors are perfect for melaninated skin. For more on Mented Cosmetics and to shop their full line, head to the website mentedcosmetics.com!
Original article on mommyweek.com
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Pro Tutorials: Gloss & Glow

Pro Tutorials: Gloss & Glow

ur Gloss, Glow & Go Collection was created to have your melanin popping all summer long! Our new Summer Glosses have the same silky smooth (non-sticky) and buildable formula you all loved with our original Gloss Collection. Formulated to give your cheekbones and high-points of your face a sun-kissed glow, our Glow for Grown Ups Collection is a must-have.

 

Watch the tutorials below by some of our favorite beauty influencers learn quick tips on how you can easily incorporate these goodies into your everyday routine. 

Ericka Ajanae

Sabrina Mills

 

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